The Sailing Shrimpers of Great Yarmouth

By John Leather, published November 1970


With the rise in popularity of boiled shrimp as a dish in the mid 19th century, fishing industries grew to serve this market; boats operating from Great Yarmouth were distinct from those operating in Morecambe Bay, Liverpool, the Humber, and the Wash. Between 1870 and 1900 a fleet of approximately 65 boats operated out of Great Yarmouth, predominantly working fishing grounds about two miles offshore, around the Cockle light vessel and off Croton. Leather describes the design and operation of these sailing vessels, which served the industry until the early 1930s when they were largely replaced by fully powered vessels.

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Filed under: North Sea | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C)
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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